Your district health board (DHB) funds and provides health services in your area. My DHB helps you find these services and tells you how well your DHB is performing.

Select your DHB to learn more:

Not sure which DHB you’re in?
Check the DHB boundary maps.

What is a DHB?

DHBs were established in January 2001 by the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000. Although they may differ in size, structure and approach, all 20 DHBs have a common goal: to improve the health of their populations by delivering high quality and accessible health care.

DHB functions include both funding and planning of services, and provision of services. DHBs hold contracts and agreements with organisations that provide the health services required to meet the needs of the DHB’s population.

For example, primary health care services (such as GPs and practice nurses) are funded by DHBs through primary health organisations (PHOs). These services are then provided by general practices or other primary care services belonging to that PHO.

DHBs are publicly funded. The share of funding they receive is based on:

  • the size and demographic mix of their population (age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation)
  • their population’s past use of health services.

The costs of providing services to a patient are met by the DHB where they live, regardless of where those services are delivered. DHBs also deliver services for other funders such as ACC.

In My DHB:

  • Finding health services – GPs, dentists, midwives and other health providers
  • Health targets – meeting national performance measures
  • Primary health organisation performance – meeting the primary care health targets and PHO performance reports
  • Quality and safety – what happens when things go wrong
  • Rest home audits – whether rest homes are meeting standards
  • Staff numbers – number of full-time and part-time medical and nursing staff employed
  • Population profile – age and ethnic make-up, and levels of deprivation
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